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Some Don’t Smile
As cute as he looks with his hat, there is a blank stare in spite of my best efforts to engage this young boy. This is silent suffering.
One of the things Stacy and I will be focusing on for three months beginning in April, is child health assessments. For example, we’ll be checking hemoglobins to get some idea of their nutritional status.
I’ve developed my own custom app for our iPhones where we can plot weights, heights, head sizes, mid-upper arm circumferences, and such. We will begin to track the people of Onaville in and around the Green Churches.
Espwa Means Hope
Baby Jamesly came to the Espwa Malnutrition Center with a hemoglobin of 6 and a hematocrit of 21. He was 4 1/2 months old. Despite all their efforts in Haiti and our efforts here in Georgia, he passed away.
The last guidelines for treating severe acute malnutrition were written by the World Health Organization in 1980. It provides cookbook style instructions for treating these children, but little understanding of how to prevent them dying.
The most crucial phase is in the first five or so days. Refeeding these children can severely lower their calcium and phosphate levels to the point they die of cardia arrest. We are purchasing portable lab equipment that will help is determine critical labs at the bedside. We want to write new guidelines based on the best understanding of the biochemical changes that kill these precious children.
Onaville, February 2018
Malnutrition and Premature Death
The is Lousara at the Espwa Berlancia Malnutrition Center at 4 1/2 months old and and 6lbs 1oz. She is growing!
These hand and foot prints are baby Rosena’s, born at 32 weeks. She died of necrotizing enterocolitis.
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Help Us Teach Sewing
How does teaching sewing help prevent malnutrition and starvation? If we give these wonderful people skills then we they will be able to earn the living that will feed their families.
Pastor Noel’s vision is not to make his people dependent on handouts, but create the means to live using their own hands. The food, water, and trade resources he envisions for them will ultimately spread the Gospel and give people a hope.